TRACS WA have always been responsive to training requests from people working in health services across WA. In the past few years, there has been a growing number of clinicians who work in subacute care / rehabilitation who have attended our Older Adult Mental Health module. There is definitely a growing need and understanding of co-morbidities that exist in our patients where a holistic approach to care is essential.

Support and training is needed for clinicians who are not working in specialist mental health services to have skills and strategies that they can apply as well as knowing when to refer for further assessment and support. TRACS WA, in collaboration with Geriatric Psychiatrist Dr Noel Collins, have designed a full day of training to meet these requests.

This whole day of training has two parts with the following objectives:
  1. Facilitating recovery ā€“ Evidence based person-centred care This module emphasises the importance of ensuring a compassionate, evidence based, person-centred approach to facilitating recovery.
  2. Facilitating recovery ā€“ Supporting people with Depression, Dementia, Delirium (the '3 D's') The focus here is on improving the rehabilitation journey and providing tools to facilitate recovery for people with cognitive impairment including depression, dementia and delirium.
TRACS WA initially piloted this training at both Graylands hospital and Fremantle hospital and then made modifications to the package based on feedback. Early in March, the revised training was delivered to 22 clinicians from all over the Great Southern region, including Katanning, Albany, Denmark, Mt Barker and Gnowangerup to be with us for the days training.

The feedback from participants was that they felt that they have practical tools and strategies to work more effectively with patients presenting with the three Dā€™s and an improved understanding on how to implement therapeutic strategies such as Behaviour Activation, daily scheduling, Goal Setting (including breaking goals down into workable steps), Mentalisation, compassionate mind training, and Nido Therapy. The focus of all the training was working in a Person Centred way.

TRACS WA has since delivered this OAMH training at FSH, Bentley, and will have further sessions for 2021.
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